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Hard Disk Formatting--SATA 2 vs. SATA 3
Aug 16, 2011, 3:07 AM
I suspect there is no difference but I'll ask to be sure...
If a hard disk is formatted in a SATA II, 3.0GB/s computer, is there any difference compared to being formatted in a SATA III, 6.0GB/s computer?
In other words, can I format my new SAMSUNG hard drive in my old SATA II, 3.0GB/s system while waiting for my SATA III, 6.0GB/s RMA'd M/B to be returned to me?
Aug 16, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
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Aug 16, 2011, 3:10 AM
Yes you can use it. "Formatting" refers to what's on the physical disk. SATA II/III basically refers to how fast the data can be transferred, the protocol between the controller and the cpu.
Aug 16, 2011, 3:24 AM
Formatting a drive has no relation to a computer's SATA specification.
SATA II & SATA III are just specs which indicate the maximum data transfer rate.
When you format a drive you are just preparing it to be read/written by an o/s (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.)
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Aug 16, 2011, 3:44 AM
How do I "Select as best answer" when both replies are equally 'Best"?
I figured there wouldn't be any difference. Thanks for confirming that.
Aug 16, 2011, 3:49 AM
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Aug 16, 2011, 3:55 AM
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Aug 16, 2011, 10:55 PM
I should have asked this in my original post...
Is formatting any different when using Windows 32-bit vs. 64-bit?
Aug 16, 2011, 11:08 PM
No, its not. Any disk formatted under, eg, Win7 32-bit can be used by Win7 64-bit.
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